Ralph Gracie

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Ralph Gracie
Born (1971-05-25) May 25, 1971 (age 45)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil[1]
Other names The Pitbull
Nationality Brazil
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Team Gracie Jiu Jitsu
Rank 5th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Mixed martial arts record
Total 7
Wins 6
By submission 5
By decision 1
Losses 1
By knockout 1
Website www.ralphgracie.com
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ralph Gracie (the Pitbull;[2] born May 25, 1971) is a Brazilian martial artist who has competed in mixed martial arts.[3][4][5][6][7][8] He is the son of Robson Gracie and brother to Charles Gracie, Renzo Gracie and the late Ryan Gracie of the Gracie family.[9][9][10][11] [12]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Ralph's 1995 American debut was featured in the short-lived Battlecade Extreme Fighting events.[12][13][14] Gracie won fights versus Makoto Murauko, Steve Nelson, and Ali Mihoubi, the longest of which lasted a minute and thirty-four seconds. In sharp contrast to the typical "passive" Gracie approach, Ralph's aggressive and often brutal approach earned him the nickname of "The Pitbull".[2][12][12][15][16][17][18][19]

In 2003, Ralph ended his absence from fighting to pit his skills against modern MMA fighters, earning a decision win over Dokonjonosuke Mishima.[20][21][22] The following year, he suffered a loss to Takanori Gomi, who stopped Gracie in six seconds with knee strikes to the head in what would be Gracie's last MMA fight.[12][23][24][25]

Upon retirement, Gracie held a record of six wins and one loss in sanctioned fights. He holds a fifth degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and has won several BJJ tournaments. Ralph also owns and operates a series of martial arts academies in California (specializing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) and has been doing so for over a decade.

Academies[edit]

Ralph Gracie currently has four academies in the San Francisco Bay Area (San Francisco, Mountain View, Berkeley, and Dublin) and two in Orange County (Anaheim and Chino Hills); the largest of these being the San Francisco Academy. Kurt Osiander, who has been studying under Ralph Gracie for 17 years, is currently head instructor at the San Francisco Academy.[26] Notable instructor, and 4th degree black belt, Luis Eduardo Fraga, has been head instructor at the Berkeley Academy since 2007.[27][28][29][30][31]

Gracie taught former UFC welterweight and lightweight champion, BJ Penn, when he first came to California from Hawaii.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 6–1 Takanori Gomi KO (knees) PRIDE Bushido 3 May 23, 2004 1 0:06 Yokohama, Japan
Win 6–0 Dokonjonosuke Mishima Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Bushido 1 October 5, 2003 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 5–0 Steve Nelson Submission (armbar) Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 11 September 1, 1998 1 13:14 Amarillo, Texas, United States
Win 4–0 Ali Mihoubi Submission (armbar) Extreme Fighting 3 October 18, 1996 1 1:34 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 3–0 Steve Nelson Submission (strikes on the ground) Extreme Fighting 2 April 28, 1996 1 0:44 Montreal, Canada
Win 2–0 Makoto Muraoko Technical Submission (rear naked choke) Extreme Fighting 1 November 18, 1995 1 0:40 Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Win 1–0 Geraldo Silva Submission (rear naked choke) Desafio – Gracie Vale Tudo January 1, 1992 1 1:25 Brazil

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Jake Rossen (September 2004). Gracies in Action. Black Belt. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ Black Belt. February 1999. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ John Patton (July 1997). Olympic Gold Medalists Impressive at Extreme Fighting Four. Black Belt. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ No Holds Barred; The Secret to the Brazilians Fighting Success. Black Belt. September 1997. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ Rodney Ley (September 1999). The Gracie Exterminator Speaks About Royce, Ralph, Renzo, and Rickson. Black Belt. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ Jay Dee "B.J." Penn, Dave Weintraub (2010). Why I Fight: The Belt Is Just an Accessory. HarperCollins. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ Keith Vargo (Feb 2004). Team Gracie Beats Japan at Pride's Bushido Show. Black Belt. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Andre Alex Lima (Apr 1997). Who's Who in Gracie Ju Jitsu. Black Belt. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ Jonathan Snowden, Kendall Shields (2008). The MMA Encyclopedia. ECW Press. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ The Ultimate Fighter; Another Cheap Imitation. Black Belt. Mar 1996. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c d e Gareth A Davies (January 18, 2008). "BJ Penn set for Joe Stevenson UFC showdown". The Telegraph. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
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  14. ^ David M. Herzenhorn (November 19, 1995). "Barred in New York, 'Extreme Fighting' Moves On". New York Times. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Ralph Gracie". BJJ Heroes. January 21, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  16. ^ Kristin Bender (April 11, 2006). "Jujitsu master stops violence via poise". The Oakland Tribune. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  17. ^ "AMAZING GRACE". Contra Costa. November 27, 1995. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
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  22. ^ "DUBLIN INSTRUCTOR CASHES IN". Contra Costa. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  23. ^ Damon Martin (September 26, 2005). "Takanori Gomi: On Top Of The World". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  24. ^ "East Meets West On Ultimate Fight Night 21 Conference Call – FIGHT!". fightmagazine.com. March 23, 2010. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Pride Bushido Volumes 1–5 DVD Review". Wrestling101.com. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Kurt Osiande -Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Gracie Academy". Kurtosiander.com. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Eduardo Fraga". Ralphgracieberkeley.com. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  28. ^ Erich Kraus, Bret Aita (2002). Brawl: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Mixed Martial Arts Competition. ECW Press. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  29. ^ Erich Krauss (2004). Warriors Of The Ultimate Fighting Championships. Citadel Press. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  30. ^ Jerry Langton (2011). Fighter: The Unauthorized Biography of Georges St-Pierre, UFC Champion. John Wiley & Sons. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  31. ^ Sam Sheridan (2010). The Fighter's Mind: Inside the Mental Game. Grove Press. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 

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